When Gil Reyes realized that TV news was doing little to cover the passing of beloved musician Elliott Smith, he decided to go out searching on his own. What he discovered through interviews with the artist's friends, former bandmates and the girlfriend who many blame for his death, is a portrait of a bright, funny, creative man that comes through in his 2009 film Searching for Elliott Smith
. The film has so far only shown in festivals and special screenings, and it will make its Denver premiere Saturday
at the Oriental Theater
with Reyes in person. We spoke to Reyes in advance of the screening about the man he discovered behind the melancholy music, Smith's mysterious death, and ex-girlfriend Jennifer Chiba's side of the story.
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